Audio Technica ATH-M50xBT2 review: the only headphones you need for guitar, studio and everyday use?

Do-it-all headphones that are ideal for guitar players

Audio Technica ATH-M50xBT2 headphones on a wooden surface
(Image: © Chris Corfield)

Guitar World Verdict

The ATH-M50xBT2 set could be the only headphones you need, for studio and everyday use. They’re not cheap, but they’re definitely worth the initial investment.


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    Long battery life

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    Superb sound

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    Might be overkill for guitar amp usage

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While we’d all love for every guitar session to be played at full volume, through an enormous tube amp, sometimes that’s just not feasible. Silent practice, using headphones, is however a solid option now, allowing you to get up close with your tone without annoying the neighbors. But when there are so many different guitar amp headphones options to choose from, it can be hard to know where to begin. Allow us to introduce the Audio Technica ATH-M50xBT2.

The M50xBT2 set is designed primarily as high-quality Bluetooth cans, hence the name, yet retains the option of a wired connection should you need it. This seemingly simple addition to the feature set means the M50s are ideally placed to serve as both your everyday commuter set of headphones and your silent guitar practice set. But are they as well suited to guitar tones as they are to more everyday tasks?

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Chris Corfield

Chris Corfield is a journalist with over 12 years of experience writing for some of the music world's biggest brands including Orange Amplification, MusicRadar, Guitar World, Total Guitar and Dawsons Music. Chris loves getting nerdy about everything from guitar gear and synths, to microphones and music production hardware.